Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection spread by tick bites. Ticks infected with the virus are found in parts of Europe (including the UK) and Asia. In the UK, the risk of getting it is very low.
Ticks have a natural habitat in forests and open grasslands, but it’s not unusual to encounter them in urban parks and home gardens.
In the United Kingdom, a limited portion of the tick population is infected with the TBE virus. Hence, getting bitten by a tick doesn’t necessarily mean a high risk of severe illness.
Here are three symptoms to help recognise the disease
If you’re planning to visit a country where tick-borne encephalitis is prevalent and intend to engage in outdoor activities during your stay, it might be wise to get vaccinated.
Receiving two doses of the vaccine offers protection for roughly a year. Opting for a third dose can extend this protection to around three years.
Ensure that you get the initial dose a minimum of one month prior to your travel date.
Two doses of the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine offer approximately one year of protection. To extend this protection, a third dose can be taken, which provides coverage for about three years. It’s crucial to receive the initial dose at least one month before any potential exposure.
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